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Head Start and the Head Start State Collaboration Office

Head Start External site disclaimer is a comprehensive early childhood development program that serves low-income and their families.

Children from birth to age five whose families meet the Federal poverty guidelines are eligible for Head Start services.

Review the current Head Start Family Income Guidelines External site disclaimer.

Children with disabilities whose families are above the Head Start poverty guidelines may still be eligible to enroll in Head Start programs.

To find a Head Start program near you, search the location of Head Start Centers and homes in Maine at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices.

The Head Start grantees in Maine administer programs throughout the state. Contact the agency in your area to learn more about eligibility requirements, and openings that may be available.

There are different Head Start program options available for families in Maine:

  • Head Start refers to programs geared for children 3-5 years of age.
  • Early Head Start refers to programs geared for children 0-3 years of age.
  • American Indian Alaskan Native Head Start address the specific needs of children, 0-5 years of age, from these populations.
  • Home Start refers to Head Start and Early Head Start programs that are offered in family child care homes.

Head Start State Collaboration Offices (HSSCOs) play a role in supporting the Head Start programs to engage collaboration efforts at the State level. HSSCOs gather information and conduct needs assessment related to the coordination of Head Start services and collaboration of Head Start in State early childhood systems.

The Governor in each state may designate a lead agency or State-level commission to run the HSSCO. In Maine, it is the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS). Click to learn more information about the Maine Head Start Collaboration Office.